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ESPN #1 2021 Wide Receiver Mario Williams Commits to Sooners (Updated with Clayton Smith)

ESPN #1 2021 Wide Receiver Mario Williams Commits to Sooners (Updated with Clayton Smith)

Lincoln Riley made a big addition to his 2021 recruiting class today with the commitment of ESPN’s #1 overall wide receiver in the class of 2021 – Mario Williams.

Williams is listed as a 5-star recruit according to Rivals, and a 4-star according to 247 Sports and ESPN – and comes in as the #4 overall wide receiver in 247’s composite recruiting rankings of major recruiting services.

The 5′ 10”, 165 pound Florida product chose Oklahoma over four other SEC schools who were listed in his final five – Alabama, LSU, Florida, and Georgia.

Williams joins what is sizing up to be another loaded receiver group for Lincoln Riley, as the rich get richer in Norman with offensive talent.

In his junior season at Plant City High School, Williams caught 27 passes for 795 yards and 9 touchdowns – that is a whopping rate of 29.4 yards per catch.

That was actually down from his sophomore season numbers, where he had 51 receptions for 950 yards and 14 touchdowns in one more game played.

Williams also has close ties to #1 quarterback recruit Caleb Williams, so this also helps sweeten the pot for him to land in Norman as well whenever he elects to make his official announcement between OU, Maryland, and LSU (he is widely expected to commit to Oklahoma).



This wasn’t Oklahoma’s only big catch of the day, as 4-star linebacker Clayton Smith has also committed to the Sooners.

Smith comes in at a solid 6′ 4” and 220 pounds out of Texarkana, Texas, and has a 247 composite ranking as the #8 overall outside linebacker in the country.

Last season at Liberty-Eylau High School, Smith racked up 57 total tackles with 37 of them being solo at an average of just over 6 tackles per game.

What was looked at as a possible big recruiting day for Lincoln Riley and Oklahoma has come to fruition, picking up two 4-star players on either side of the ball in the matter of just a few hours.


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Josh is a sports broadcaster and journalist covering both Oklahoma high school sports as well as the University of Oklahoma. He has been the play-by-play voice of Chickasha High School Basketball for the past three seasons and starting in 2020 is the voice of Newcastle High School Football on the Oklahoma Sports Network. For The Franchise, Josh has been on the call for high school playoff football and basketball games, and currently covers OU Football as well as OU Baseball. He is also a contributing writer to Boomtown Hoops, a website dedicated to coverage of the Oklahoma City Thunder.

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